Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyson Boell-Marchand.
Alyson, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up as a dancer and landed in LA when I got my degree in dance and choreography at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2002.
I really loved investigating movement and in my days as a choreographer, I was very interested in the healing qualities of movement as well as how movement informs our mental state and who we become. I knew I wanted to end up in the healing movement arts and studied many different modalities such as the various styles of Yoga, meditation, and somatics, including Feldenkrais, Laban Bartenieff, and Alexander Technique.
I ended up getting a full certification in Pilates through Body Arts and Science International in 2005 and began teaching and saw that I could incorporate all of my life investigation of movement arts into this form as it is very accessible to many people. I began teaching right away and started my own practice in Pasadena and taught full time for many years.
When my husband got a job on the Westside in 2009, I started a practice in Venice out of my house that grew very quickly. I became pregnant and when my daughter was born, I had a period of time where I became very inactive for the first time in my life and I realized how vital movement is for wellbeing and overall physical and mental health and I had the idea to start a bigger studio in the neighborhood.
I wanted to start a studio that had a safe and friendly environment that would be geared to helping people feel comfortable to start their movement practice. I started The Moving Joint in 2012 and have been blessed with many people coming to work here who have similar visions about movement and the healing arts of many types. We have now been open for 6 years and have won many awards and it truly is a community space.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not at all been a smooth road. I started the business with a partner when my daughter was 1 year old. She got sick quite early on in the process and had to leave Los Angeles and I found myself starting this full-blown business by myself. I also have to say I had very little business experience besides having my own home practice, so the first few years were extremely rough and it is a bit of a miracle that it survived.
I definitely owe a lot of gratitude to a few client friends who helped me out financially those first 2-3 years as well as to Andrea Crannage the manager of the studio who has helped me to build it and Julio Montero who come on board to help build the technical side of the business – websites and spreadsheets etc. It took a village to make it happen
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Moving joint story. Tell us more about the business.
I think a lot of this is stated in my story. The Moving Joint is unique because it offers Pilates, Gyrotonic, Yoga, Feldenkrais, Breathwork workshops, Physical Therapy and many pre and postnatal movement offerings. I am mostly proud of the fact that the clients talk about how The Moving Joint feels like home.
Some people have even said it feels like ‘Cheers’ where everyone knows your name. I think people feel very comfortable to come and work on aspects of themselves that might otherwise be neglected. I think this work is actually very important to help people become more conscious of their bodies, and therefore themselves and how they affect people and the world around them.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Hmm. I don’t think I believe in luck in that way. I definitely think that good work (different than hard work) and good intentions is what helps to bring the type of people that have been attracted to The Moving Joint and the people are what make it what it is.
- We have intro offers for new clients. First mat class free and two private sessions on the equipment for $99.
- Address: 12813 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90066
- Website: themovingjoint.com
- Phone: 4242285348
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themovingjoint/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-moving-joint-mar-vista
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